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UPPA GIVES BACK: CHARITY OF THE MONTH

UPPAbaby is committed to giving back and supporting worthy causes and organizations that align with our mission and core company ethos. Each month UPPAbaby and our employees choose a charity that is near and dear to our hearts to receive a donation. We encourage you to join the UPPAbaby team and support these worthy causes. Please feel free to send us suggestions of charities and non-profit organizations you would like us to consider to mail@uppababy.com.

ALS research

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We are proud to join the movement to raise awareness and funds for Amyothophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. This month, we’ve happily accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge from an industry friend to help spread the word about ALS. This progressive neurodegenerative disease affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. We’ve made a donation to the ALS Association, the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease. This non-profit provides support to people fighting ALS through leading global research initiatives in a network of chapters, certified clinical care centers and government partnerships. They are committed to finding new treatments and a cure. We are thrilled to hear that the social media phenomenon that’s sweeping the nation has raised over $93 million in donations! Together, we can aid in finding a cure. To learn more about this debilitating disease, please go to http://alsa.pub30.convio.net/about-als/. To make a donation to the ALS Association, please visit http://bit.ly/1p0ovpy.

 

Safe Kids Worldwide

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Did you know preventable injuries are the number one killer of kids in the United States? To reinforce our dedication to child safety, UPPAbaby joins forces with Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit organization devoted to keeping kids safe from preventable injuries. Their efforts reach far to 600 communities nationally and an additional 27 countries to prevent unnecessary injuries. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped to decrease the death rate by 55%.

UPPAbaby proudly partners with Safe Kids Worldwide for Safe Kids Day in LA and NY. We are celebrating Safe Kids Day to raise awareness and resources to keep kids safe from preventable childhood injuries and deaths due to car crashes, drowning, fires, falls and more. One million children die each year from preventable injuries and millions more are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. However, these are preventable so there are little things parents can do so kids can grow up safe and thrive.

We’re thrilled to support this important national effort, alongside celebrity heroes Drew Barrymore, Mark Wahlberg, Pete Sampras and more, to raise awareness and funds to keep all kids safe! You can join us in the effort to make every kid a SAFE kid. For more information on Safe Kids, visit http://www.safekids.org/. For ways to make a huge impact in a child’s life, please go to https://www.safekids.org/donate.

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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A staggering 400,000 Americans live with MS.  This debilitating autoimmune disease affects the brain and spinal cord, resulting in loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensations. In recognition of National Multiple Sclerosis Month we are donating to the National MS Society. Our monetary contribution will help people affected by MS through education, support, advocacy and research.

To support on a local level we are participating in several events by providing time, staffing and product donations. On March 1st we participated in the Climb To The Top fundraising event put on by the National MS Society – Greater New England Chapter.  As the official water stop sponsor, we were on hand with a team of UPPAbaby employees to distribute water bottles to all the thirsty climbers. These dedicated walkers climbed over 1,200 steps and 61 floors!

Look for similar events in your community and get involved to help raise money and awareness in the fight against MS by visiting http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters.

 

TODAY Show Toy Drive

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Tis the season to give back!

We are excited to once again partner with the TODAY Show Toy Drive this holiday season. Over the past three years we have donated more than $500,000 worth of UPPAbaby gear to families in need nationwide.

Tune in to the TODAY Show on December 5th to see our founders, Bob and Lauren Monahan, spreading holiday cheer and gear on the plaza. Please check your local listings for exact air times.

For many families in need, the TODAY Show Toy Drive is their ONLY source of gifts and necessities for the holidays. We are excited to share the UPPA Gives Back spirit and we hope that you will join us in spreading the holiday cheer. To support this organization and help people in your community please click here to make a toy or monetary donation. For more information and ways to help, please click here.

Below is a list of our participating UPPAbaby retailers who have generously offered to raise money in-store. Be sure to stop in and donate funds during the month of December. Every donation counts!

All About Baby
Becoming Mothers
Children’s Fair
Dimples Baby
EcoBaby Gear
Liapela
Oh baby!
Posh Baby & Mommy Too
Storkland
Swaddle
The Baby’s Room
USA Baby
Xpecting Maternity
Wee Babe

 

MOVEMBER

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WHY THE STACHE?

This month we happily join the MOVEMBER movement to raise awareness of men’s health issues including prostate and testicular cancer. Our monetary donation will go towards awareness, education, coping with the disease, thriving beyond the diagnoses, and overall prevention research.

The statistics are horrifying. “1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women, will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.” Additionally, a shocking “1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime” and approximately 30,000 men will die from prostate cancer in 2013. Visit us.movember.com for more information on men’s health issues and simple tips (Movember tips) to improve your lifestyle and take care of your body.

Please share with your father, uncle, brother, co-worker, and friend. Everyone can benefit from these easy health tips! Sharing is caring. To print these easy reminders, please visit HERE for a downloadable PDF. Remember, knowledge is power, prevention is everything and early detection is key.

JOIN THE FIGHT. To make a donation to the Movember Foundation visit http://us.movember.com/donate. For further information on men’s health and to connect with health support providers go HERE for a list of useful websites.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness

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A shocking 637 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every day. UPPAbaby is proud to join forces with the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (DSLRF) to raise funds for National Breast Cancer Awareness month. We are encouraging consumers to “Act with Love” by purchasing a Drew (tangerine) or Olivia (fuchsia pink) VISTA smart universal stroller system this month. For every VISTA stroller purchased in these vibrant color fashions, we will donate 5% of sales to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. We encourage you to Act With Love and donate funds for prevention research by visiting the site HERE. Spread the word and stroll in PINK (… or ORANGE) to support all those directly and indirectly affected by this life-threatening disease. Let’s make breast cancer history.


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The One Fund

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As a Boston based company headquartered in Hingham, Mass., just south of the city, we are more proud than ever to be able to donate to The One Fund Boston foundation as our April Charity of the Month. The One Fund supports the families affected by the tragic Boston Marathon events. As Governor Patrick beautifully stated, “At moments like this, we are one state, one city, and one people.” For more information or to donate to this worthy cause, please visit http://onefundboston.org/. Our hearts and prayers are with all those impacted by this senseless tragedy. STAY STRONG BOSTON!

 

Norwell’s Adopt-a-Family

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This holiday season we are so excited to participate in the Friends of Norwell’s Adopt-A-Family program!

Our office has been assigned a local family in need to support. We will donate several gifts from their wish list for the children and parents of the struggling family with the hope to make their holiday a little brighter.

There are many ways to get involved! If you too would like to support a family, please visit The Salvation Army website http://www.thesalvationarmytucson.org/AdoptAFamily.html or search for a location nearest you. Thousands of towns that participate in programs like this so please ask your friends, family and community for Adopt-A-Family programs in your hometown.

Here at UPPA we do our best to give back on a national and LOCAL level. We’re proud to be able to give to charities close to our homes and close to our hearts.

 

The NephCure Foundation

The NephCure Foundation is the only non-profit exclusively dedicated to researching and fighting the debilitating kidney disease, FSGS, and Nephrotic Syndrome by detecting the cause, improving treatment and striving to find a cure. In total, 26 million Americans suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease, with Nephrotic Syndrom as one of the most common forms.

Recenty, UPPAbaby was proud to be a sponsor at the first annual NephCure Walk in Providence, RI. In addition to raising money for research, the walk aimed to connect families with similar stories and raise awareness within the community. The NephCure Walk raised over $4,500 that will be used to fund research and ultimately, work to find a cure for all those affected with FSGC and Nephrotic Syndrome.

For ways to contribute to NephCure through educating, researching and fundraising, please visit http://nephcure.org/give-now. To participate in a walk in your area, go to http://nephcure.org/events-nephcure-walk.

 

Cradles to Crayons

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It’s that time of the year again – Back to School! For many children, it’s time to swarm the bus stop to show off their trendy new clothing and fresh pair of sneakers. However, that’s not always the case. Here in Massachusetts, there are more than 305,000 children under 12 who live in poor or low-income households. Throughout the year, over 100,000 Massachusetts children will be homeless. That’s why we have chosen Cradles to Crayons to be our August Charity of the Month for two years in a row. Cradles to Crayons was created in 2002 with the mission to give children ages 0 to 12 the essentials of life for free. This includes clothing, school supplies, toys and so much more. This charity prides itself on offering high quality new or used goods to make children feel prepared for school, all while allowing them to feel valued and loved.

While you’re cleaning out your closets and making room for new clothing, please keep Cradles to Crayons in mind. You can host a donation drive, volunteer, deliver goods to their drop-off locations or even give a monetary donation. The less privileged kids of Boston and Philadelphia area will thank you!

To contribute to this worthy cause, please visit http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston/get-involved. A $25 donation provides a child with the essentials they need to thrive at school. Donate today by visiting http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston/node/add/donation.

 

 

Operation Homefront

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Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency and financial assistance to military families and wounded warriors. They help the American military personnel and their immediate family, who have financial struggles, death, injury or mental impairment, due to their service overseas. This includes the Reserve, National Guard or veteran service who been in active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. Sadly, around 75% of this diverse group of men and woman “live at an income level 80% below the median income for the communities in which they reside.”

Operation Homefront provides services to assist these poverty stricken families through emergency financial aid and support through counseling and recovery assistance. They send monetary payments to “mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists” and others to provide for these families. Additional support includes emergency food, home repairs, critical baby items, moving assistance, and much more.

Their mission is made possible through the generous public support of staff and volunteers.  If you too would like to become part of this team, please visit http://www.operationhomefront.net/volunteer.aspx for volunteer opportunities and here http://www.operationhomefront.net/donate.aspx for monetary donations to give back to the thousands of selfless men and woman who fought for our country and have suffered post-war injuries and hardships.

Our support doesn’t stop at our monetary donation. Every summer UPPAbaby employees participate in the local Run To Home Base held at Fenway Park, to support the Home Base Program, http://www.homebaseprogram.org/general-information.aspx. This charity provides clinical care and support to service members, veterans and their families right here in New England. To get involved on a local level, please visit the Run To Home Base website for details, http://www.runtohomebase.org/.

Here at UPPAbaby we are proud to support Operation Homefront and all their endeavors to continue to care for the troops, the families they leave behind and the wounded warriors who have fought for our country. Your donation will make a difference for our heroes!

 

One Family

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Just last year 3,500 Massachusetts families were homeless. One Family is a non-profit organization determined to end homelessness in Massachusetts. Through their partnership with elected officials, community leaders, businesses and higher learning institutions, they strive to break the cycle of poverty and consider everyone as “one family” facing these challenging economic times together.

The One Family Scholars Program is a college scholarship program offered to low-income single parents. This scholarship gives them the opportunity to gain a higher education through not only funding assistance, but they follow a model comprised of four building blocks for success: college success, financial success, career success and leadership success. These learning blocks secure self-sufficiency, sustainability in their field which in turn creates a stable foundation for life and their families.

At UPPAbaby we’re passionate about empowering woman and giving them the fundamentals to excel in their career and their wellbeing. Just this past winter, our Marketing Director, Melissa H., attended a benefit dinner to honor the woman of One Family. Through the support of this scholarship, woman can gain an education providing them with stability and the competence to support their family. If you would like to help this worthy cause please visit http://onefamilyinc.org/index.shtml for more information. To donate to the One Family Scholars Program, please visit http://onefamilyinc.org/index.shtml. To get in contact with One Family for other ways to contribute, please visit http://onefamilyinc.org/getinvolved/.

 

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization dedicated to funding research for the causes, prevention, treatments and cures for autism. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the US – a 10 to 17% prevalence increase in the recent years, according to government autism statistics. A shocking revelation is that there are more children affected by ASD than “diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome, combined.”

At UPPAbaby we understand the hardships that come with raising a child with autism. It is close to our heart and we hope to help in any way possible, which is why we’ve chosen Austism Speaks as our charity of the month. If you too wish to contribute to this worthy cause by donating, joining a Giving Program, participating in research, fundraising for events and more, please go to http://www.autismspeaks.org/ways-give.

To become educated on the signs of autism, learn about treatments and become aware of this rapid-spreading disorder, please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism. For educational training and support in the New England area, please visit Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE)’s website, http://www.aane.org/. To search for a Walk Now for Autism Speaks, click here.

 

Feeding America

A shocking 1 in 4 children and a staggering 49 million Americans do not have enough to eat.

This month, in acknowledgement of National Nutrition Month, we are proud to support and introduce you to Feeding America - a phenomenal organization dedicated to ending hunger by providing nutritious food, safe places for children to have meals, and assistance during disasters. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, Feeding America and its food bank network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors.

Despite the common misconception that America enjoys food in excess and has an unlimited amount of resources, millions are struggling right in your own neighborhood. Let’s help to spread the word this month and raise awareness about this worthy cause. To make a donation, please click here. For other ways to get involved, please click here.

 

Good Sports

Good Sports is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for youth to lead healthy active lifestyles through sports.

To accomplish this, Good Sports partners with sporting goods manufacturers to donate new sports equipment to community groups in need. The organization strongly believes that sports are a key to the healthy development of young people with both physical and social benefits.

With the current economic reality, children are being offered fewer athletic options, participation fees are being increased, and players are expected to provide their own equipment and uniforms. Couple that with a childhood obesity epidemic that is also hitting disadvantaged areas at a higher rate and we have a very real issue—an issue Good Sports is working to alleviate head on by making sure opportunities will always exist and getting the youth off the couch, off the street and in the game. Let’s work together to stop this harmful trend and help this worthy cause!

UPPAbaby is proud to sponsor Good Sports and acknowledges their commitment to a healthy and active youth lifestyle. If you too wish to contribute, please visit, http://www.goodsports.org/donate.shtml.

 

TODAY Show Toy Drive

For the season of giving, UPPAbaby is officially launching UPPA Gives Back. We are partnering with the TODAY Show Toy Drive for the 18th Annual Holiday Toy Drive to donate more than $200,000 in strollers to families in need. We encourage you to get into the holiday spirit and contribute to this worthy cause by going to Amazon.com/Today or by sending a check made out to the Today Show Charitable Foundation to: Sam Sagenkahn, TODAY, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112. In addition, UPPAbaby retailers are getting into the holiday spirit and joining the UPPA Gives Back cause by contributing a percentage of UPPAbaby sales during the month of December to the TODAY Show Toy Drive.

Please go in-store and help out a family in need! 

 

Children’s Hospital Boston

Children’s Hospital Boston is one of the largest centers for pediatric health care in the United States. The scientists at Children’s have exceeded expectations and discovered treatments and therapies for countless debilitating and perplexing diseases.

Children’s Hospital offers health care services for children from birth to 21 years. It is home to the world’s largest research enterprise in a pediatric hospital with the finest scientists and staff members from the most honorable medical institutions and academies.

UPPAbaby is proud to support the Children’s Hospital in Boston to bring to attention the thousands of children suffering from these traumatic diseases each year. We made a donation to the Children’s play area where they can escape from their stressful and hectic daily check-ups and chemotherapy sessions to simply be a kid again and play alongside the family and friends they’ve made along their hospital journey. Melissa Huggard, our very own Director of Marketing, is personally invested in the health and recovery of her cousin, Nicole, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Children’s Hospital.

There are many ways to give to Children’s! To check out how you can contribute please visit http://giving.childrenshospital.org/netcommunity/page.aspx?pid=1361.

 

Travis Manion Foundation

Come join the Travis Manion Foundation as we run to honor our Heroes. The 2011 9/11 Heroes Run is bringing communities together throughout the country this September 11th. The goal is to never forget the sacrifices of all of the Heroes of September 11th – veteran, first responder, and civilian. All proceeds from this charity run go directly to support the local firefighters, police and first responders in each community where the races are held.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Travis Manion was an American hero who served two Marine tours in Iraq. During a patrol mission on Sunday, April 29, 2007, Travis was killed by enemy sniper fire in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq while fighting courageously to defend against an enemy ambush. With the legacy of strong character and leadership he left behind, Travis’ spirit remains in Iraq and in the hearts of all who honor freedom and service. His fellow service members continue to work diligently to establish a foundation of freedom in Iraq. In honor of Travis and as a true testament to how much he is admired, the Iraqi’s have named their new headquarters in honor of him, Combat Outpost (COP) Manion.

UPPAbaby is proud to sponsor the Travis Manion Foundation to raise awareness about the sacrifices made each day by our living and fallen American Heroes. Travis’ cousin Elizabeth Kausek works in our internal sales department. We want to thank her for her efforts and for bringing this foundation to our attention. Elizabeth is coordinating this year’s Heroes Run in the Boston Area.

To donate to the Travis Manion Foundation, please visit http://www.911heroesrun.com/Home.aspx.

To participate in a run near you, go to http://www.911heroesrun.com/2011HeroesRuns.aspx.

 

National Down Syndrome Society

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The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is non-profit organization dedicated to spreading their vision that all people born with Down Syndrome should be respected and valued members of society.

The NDSS believes all people with Down Syndrome should have a chance to fulfill their life goals and become active members of their community. They assist new parents with the transition home after welcoming baby through providing relevant information and true life experiences about the many talents of children born with Down Syndrome, along with helpful facts about life span and applied research findings.

UPPAbaby is proud to sponsor the National Down Syndrome Society to raise awareness about children born with this disability. For ways to contribute to this worthy cause, please visit http://ndss.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=43&Itemid=64.

To donate to NDSS, please visit http://ndss.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=105:donate&catid=43:get-involved&Itemid=126.

Thank you Pamela S., an UPPAbaby enthusiast and advocate of the NDSS, for suggesting this exceptional charity for us to consider and for lending the VISTA to mommy blogger Kelle Hampton!

 

Birthday Wishes

Birthday Wishes is a charity dedicated to recognizing the importance of a child’s birthday and bringing happiness and hope to homeless children through hosting birthday parties.

Birthday Wishes was founded in November 2002 with a mission to help underprivileged children build self-esteem and normalcy in their lives. They believe that every child, despite their living situation, deserves a celebration for their birthday. Everyone can relate to this cause which has attributed to the rapid growth of Birthday Wishes thanks to the community involvement and volunteers of all ages. From toddlers to senior citizens, these people support the parties by providing party supplies, and most importantly, their time and effort to run the parties. For more ways to get involved please visit, http://www.birthdaywishes.org/Volunteer.aspx.

UPPAbaby is proud to sponsor Birthday Wishes and their efforts to make every child feel loved. For more ways to contribute, please visit http://www.birthdaywishes.org/Donate.aspx.

 

Save the Children

Save the Children is an organization dedicated to serving impoverished children and families in over 120 nations.  Donations to the Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund will provide disaster relief and support long term recovery plans to restore education and child care in Japanese communities ravaged by disasters.

Since the destructive tsunami hit Japan, Save the Children has sent emergency response teams to aid the children and families during this critical time. They have also created several child-friendly areas throughout evacuation centers in Sendai City where the displaced families are living. This allows children to play with others while the parents work to recover from this life altering disaster.

UPPAbaby is proud to sponsor Save the Children to support their responses to children’s urgent needs. To help support these desperate children and families affected by the earthquake, please visit https://secure.savethechildren.org/

 

March of Dimes

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March of Dimes supports the families whose babies have been hospitalized in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) across the country. The NICU Family Support aids parents, siblings, grandparents and extended family during their stay at the hospital, on their transition home and after a tragedy, by comforting them and providing them with valuable information during a crisis. To help support this worthy cause, please visit https://www.marchofdimes.com/giving/support_nicu.html.

The March for Babies walk was has raised $2 billion to fund research and programs to give mothers the resources they need to have a healthy pregnancy. This year is expected to join together 7 million family, friends and colleagues in 900 neighborhoods across the country. To join a team, start a team or find an event near you, visit http://marchforbabies.org/why.aspx.

UPPAbaby is proud to sponsor March of Dimes to give back and raise awareness for the thousands of babies who are born prematurely or ill every single day. For more ways to contribute please visit http://www.marchofdimes.com/default.html.

Thank you to Rebecca Russell Spear for recommending this charity!

 

Crowns for a Cure

Crowns For a Cure is a fundraising organization inspired by five year old, Miss Addison Faith, to raise money for local hospitals and charities to support those who have suffered from cancer. All funds raised will be presented to The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Chloe Harding Fund.

The Crowns For a Cure Pageant was held Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Plymouth South Middle School.

UPPAbaby is proud to sponsor Crowns For a Cure to give back and raise awareness for charities like The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Chloe Harding Fund. For more ways to contribute please visit http://www.crownsforacure.net/.

 

Give Back Hollywood Foundation

Give Back Hollywood is a multimedia entertainment company dedicated to highlighting the charitable work of celebrities and the causes that matter most to them. Through exclusive in-depth interviews with celebrities, Give Back Hollywood provides the latest in celebrity charity news.

Give Back Hollywood is the brainchild of Todd Michael Krim who founded The Reality Cares Foundation in 2004 to help celebrities give back and raise money and awareness for other non-profits. For more information, please visit RealityCares.org.
UPPAbaby is sponsoring the Give Back Hollywood Foundation to raise awareness and funds for charities such as the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at the Golden Globe Awards this year.

 

Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons was created in 2002 with the purpose of giving children ages 0 to 12 the necessities of life for free. These essentials include clothing, school supplies, toys, and so much more. They strive to provide children with high quality new/used goods that they need to be safe, ready to learn and feel valued.

Another campaign is their Gear Up for Winter initiative where they collect cold winter gear like coats, boots, pants, hats and gloves to the less fortunate Massachusetts families.

Get others involved! We held a donation drive at our Hingham office and we encourage your family and friends to do the same. Donate to help the less privileged kids of the Boston and Philadelphia area!

To contribute to this worthy initiative, please visit
https://cradlestocrayons.org/node/add/donation.

 

Pedaling 4 Preemies

In 2007, Billy & Alexis Reilly started a charity bike ride called Pedaling for Preemies in honor of their son, Will.  All funds raised benefit the Brigham Womens & Childrens Hospitals’ NICU’s.  To date, they have raised more than $225,000. This year, the ride throughout southeastern Massachusetts (50 or 100 mile) will take place Sunday, Sept 26.

To contribute to this worthy initiative please visit www.firstgiving.com/pedaling4preemies.

You can also visit Pedaling for Preemies on Facebook!

 

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